Our Care Team


In addition to our great staff of veterinarians, we have an exceptional Care Team who will aid in your pet’s treatment.



Inventory Coordinator & Veterinary Assistant

Jestine has been with Lake Animal Hospital since 2000. She received her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology at Globe College and worked at Hillcrest Animal Hospital and at Caribou Coffee prior to joining our team.

Jestine grew up in St. Paul and has always loved animals. She started with a goldfish and worked her way up to a loving Pitbull named Sadie. She now has a pampered Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Miley, otherwise known by her nickname the “Pretty Princess.” Jestine manages our inventory and is our pet food and product specialist. She also enjoys working hands on with pets that have ear and skin issues.

Jestine lives in Vadnais Heights with Miley and her husband Cayle. She is very active with Minnesota Cavalier King Charles Spaniel clubs and is our go-to person for all things Cavalier. She also enjoys reading and spending time with family, friends and, of course, Miley.



Office Manager & Client Service Coordinator

Like many White Bear Lake natives, Leslie has lived elsewhere, but she came home to raise her family. After moving back to White Bear Lake, she chose to combine her passions for pets and Client Care. She began her Veterinary career at Banfield, and came to Lake Animal Hospital in 2010. She loves the fact that the clinic is less than two miles from her home!

Leslie loves little dogs and interacting with our clients. She enjoys the business and service end of Veterinary Medicine. She has an AA from Cottey College and attended the University of Minnesota. She also has Supervisory and Administrative Certificates from Century College and a Veterinary Assistant Certificate from Minneapolis Community College.

Leslie has two dogs, Sofi, a Yorkipoo with OCD and Beckett, an epileptic Bichonpoo with seven teeth. She also has two cats, Jax, a black shorthair who is beautiful to look at but bad to the bone, and Macie, a sweet medium hair dilute calico. In her free time she enjoys movies, theater, reading, yoga, and spending time with her husband Paul and daughter Zoe.




Certified Veterinary Assistant

Before joining Lake Animal Hospital, Kassie was a hairstylist for 10 years. Sometimes we just need a change. So Kassie decided to pursue a career that would allow her to express her love of animals by completing the Veterinary Assistance program with Animal Behavior College in 2014. Her favorite part of the job is watching animals get better and having the knowledge that you were a part of it. She has become a very vital and flexible part of our team.

Kassie grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota. Her house is currently pet-free, but she likes to say that she still has 12 horses and 2 dogs; they just live with her parents. In her free time Kassie loves reading, camping and trail riding. She feels that the most peaceful place on earth is on the back of a horse.




Certified Veterinary Technician

Julia, White Bear native, joined the Care Team at Lake Anima Hospital in 2013. Before working here, she managed a local horse stable and worked at Stillwater Equine Veterinary. She received her Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2013 from Globe College, where she also studied business.

Julia enjoys all aspects of working in a Veterinary clinic and considers it her true passion. She is happiest working in Surgery and Dentistry and has excellent nursing skills. She assists with our intensive care patients and is our lead Radiology/Safety staff member.

When not at Lake Animal Hospital Julia has a busy pet-sitting business. She watches pets in her home or she will visit yours. She also spends time with her two horses, Dee and Sass. Together they enjoy trail riding and showing in Western Pleasure within the local community. She has a dog named Bandit, a cat named Squirt, and a boyfriend named Jim.




Certified Veterinary Technician

Janene also did her externship with Lake Animal Hospital, and we kept her too! Prior to her graduation from Globe, where she obtained her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology, she worked at the Animal Humane Society as a technician and in customer service. She continues to work with volunteer and foster care. Prior to Veterinary medicine, Janene held a variety of positions in a variety of areas. We think it just took a while for her to hear her calling.

She decided to become a Vet Tech because of the fulfilling work she did at the Humane Society, Janene’s passions are Dental Hygiene and Senior Pet Care. She loves to help the senior pet’s live longer more comfortable lives.

Janene married her high school sweetheart Tom in 1989. They have a large fur and feather family that includes four small dogs, a cat, twelve finches and one dove. In her spare time she enjoys working in stained glass and gardening.




Client Services

Sue has worked in the veterinary field most of her life. Her mom also worked at a Vet Clinic, and she grew up on a dairy farm in East Central Minnesota. She has always been surrounded by something furry or feathered.

Sue has worked as a Technician for years but is now working with us in Client Service. She is very knowledgeable on just about any topic having to do with pets and enjoys helping others and working with clients and their pets. Sue's favorite part of the job is client education and helping to strengthen the person/pet bond. The staff was very excited when we learned that Sue is also a Certified Massage Therapist!

Today, Sue lives in North Branch. She has a cat named Mia, a pug named Bernie Mac and a smooth coat Brussels Griffon named Griffin. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, baking, bowling and spending time with her fur children, husband and their extended family.




Certified Veterinary Technician 

Alana joined the Lake Animal Hospital team in January 2016. She received her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2012. She worked for Banfield Pet Hospital from 2012 to 2016. Alana enjoys all aspects of working in a veterinary clinic, but her two particular areas of interest are surgery and radiology. Alana hopes to pursue a specialty in anesthesia some day.

Alana lives in Brooklyn Park with her two dogs, Chaos a boxer and Winchester a pomeranian mix,  and one Domestic Short hair cat named Shadow Crowley. In her spare time she likes to relax, play with her pets, hangout with her nephews, write, play video games, and cook.

BenBen Towberman

Veterinary Technician in Training

Biography Coming Soon.


Business Manager

Caitlin has been with Lake Animal Hospital since August of 2007. Prior to working with us, Caitlin worked with foundations and non-profits. Caitlin and Dr. Phillips have been friends since childhood.

Caitlin lives on a hobby farm in Stillwater full of horses, goats, chickens, guinea fowl and cats. She also has two Schnauzers, Bliss and Higgins. When not at Lake Animal Hospital, Caitlin spends the majority of her time working on her passion of breeding & raising Warmblood horses, focusing on Hunter/Jumpers. One of her horses recently ranked in the top 10 nationally for USHJA National Hunter Derbies.

Caitlin was born and raised in the St. Croix Valley. She has a sister Ellen, who is also a Veterinarian. Her parents have the honor of being one of the longest standing customers of Lake Animal Hospital with a client chart number of 8. We now have over 21,000 charts.




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